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"Awake" is the first episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm. The episode released on August 31, 2017.

Synopsis Edit

During an epic night at an old mill watching her favorite band, Firewalk, perform, Chloe gets into trouble with a two men after spilling beer on one of them. Unexpectedly, she receives help from a girl who turns out to be the popular Rachel Amber, a student well-known at Blackwell Academy. Following her fabulous night, Chloe wakes up in the morning to a family that’s changing right before her very eyes. After a difficult time with her mother and David Madsen, her mother's new boyfriend, she reunites with Rachel. The two newfound friends decide to skip their classes and hitch a ride on a cargo train, arriving at a lookout point. Using a viewfinder there, Rachel, who is upset with what she sees, insists that she and Chloe get drunk. Having stolen some wine from two picnickers, the girls go to a junkyard and Chloe confronts Rachel about her change in mood. After Rachel refuses to answer and runs off, Chloe discovers the wrecked car in which her father was killed. She meets up with Rachel again, who discloses that she witnessed her father cheating on her mother with another woman. Rachel destroys a family photo in a burning trash bin, and in a fit of rage kicks it over. A nearby tree is set alight and starts a forest fire

Checkpoints Edit

Characters Edit

Returning Characters Edit

Original Characters Edit

Featured Music Edit

Main article: Soundtrack (Prequel)
  • "Are You Ready For Me" - Pretty Vicious (plays in Punk Club)
  • "No Below" - Speedy Ortiz (plays in Chloe's Room)
  • "Burning The Mignight Oil" - Thomm Jutz and Peter Cronin" (plays in William's car in Chloe's first dream)
  • "Through The Cellar Door" - Lanterns on the Lake (plays when Chloe (and Rachel) listen to music on the train)
  • "Flaws" - Daughter (plays when Rachel sets the tree alight)

Reception Edit

  • GameSpot - 8/10
  • GamesInformer - 8/10
  • GamesRadar - 4.5/5
  • DualShockers - 6.5/10
  • Gamer - 4.5/5
  • Twinfinite - 4.5/5
  • Metro UK - 8/10
  • Reviews - 3/5
  • PCGames.de - 8.5./10
  • CGMagazine - 8/10
  • WindowsCentral - 4.5/5
  • GodIsAGeek - 7/10
  • PushSquare - 8/10
  • DarkZero - 8/10
  • AttackOfTheFanboy - 4/5
  • Gameblog.fr - 7/10
  • PCInvasion - 7/10
  • XboxAchievements - 8/10
  • WeWriteThings - 9.6/10
  • ComicsBeat - 9/10
  • AppTrigger - 7.5/10
  • JustPushStart - 8/10
  • USGamer - 3.5/5
  • IBTimes - 3.5/5
  • PlayStationUniverse - 8/10
  • CogConnected - 8.3/10
  • NZGamer - 8.5/10
  • Metacritic
  • OpenCritic

Achievements Edit

There are eleven achievements the player can earn on Steam, PlayStation or Xbox.

Recreational Vandalism Achievement Recreational Vandalism
Xbox G Icon10BronzeTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #1 in Episode 1: Awake
I See U Saw Achievement I See U Saw
Xbox G Icon10BronzeTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #2 in Episode 1: Awake
The Last Unicorn Achievement The Last Unicorn
Xbox G Icon10BronzeTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #3 in Episode 1: Awake
Home Unimprovement Achievement Home Unimprovement
Xbox G Icon10BronzeTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #4 in Episode 1: Awake
Rock Idol Achievement Rock Idol
Xbox G Icon10BronzeTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #5 in Episode 1: Awake
Dramatis Personae Achievement Dramatis Personae
Xbox G Icon10SilverTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #6 in Episode 1: Awake'
Mulligan Stew Achievement Mulligan Stew
Xbox G Icon10SilverTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #7 in Episode 1: Awake
Pioneer Spirit Achievement Pioneer Spirit
Xbox G Icon10SilverTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #8 in Episode 1: Awake
Face Your Anger Achievement Face Your Anger
Xbox G Icon10SilverTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #9 in Episode 1: Awake
Lucid Writing Achievement Lucid Writing
Xbox G Icon10SilverTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #10 in Episode 1: Awake
Awake Dear Heart Achievement Awake, Dear Heart
Xbox G Icon200GoldTrophy
Complete Episode 1: Awake

Trivia Edit

  • The title of this episode is derived from William Shakespeare's The Tempest from Prospero's speech in Act I, Scene 2: "Awake, dear heart, awake!" The achievement you get for completing the episode is also derived from that very same quote.
  • The achievement "I See U Saw" is a possible reference to the My First I Can Read Book I See, You Saw by Nurit Karlin.
  • The achievement "The Last Unicorn" is a reference to the 1968 fantasy novel The Last Unicorn by American author Peter S. Beagle.
  • One of the achievements the player can collect in Episode 1 is called "Dramatis Personae" which is a reference to classical drama. The term, deriving from Latin, describes the (main) characters in a dramatic work written in a list, usually featured at the begnning of the dramatic work's text.[1]
  • The achievement "Awake, Dear Heart", which the player receives for finishing Episode 1, is a reference to the same part of The Tempest the title for Episode 1 derives from.
  • The train seen in the beginning of the episode has "1337" written on the side. This is the way "leet" is spelled when using only numbers.
  • During the scene where Chloe tries to convince Rachel from walking away from the junkyard, the acting was prompted by the director's phrase "you can't be with someone you love anymore".[2]
  • After completing the episode, the main menu will change to the tree that Rachel set on fire.
  • The checkpoints of this episode were released prior to the episode's premiere, in the first developer's diary for Before the Storm, "Return to Arcadia Bay". The script also shows that the "Train" checkpoint originally was meant to be a "Schoolbus" checkpoint instead and got later replaced.

Gallery Edit

Main article: Episode 1: Awake - Image Gallery

Videos Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The scene on the train between Rachel and Chloe was done on a dual mic session (and Kylie Brown said "Kathmandia" instead of Kathmandu the first time).[3]

References Edit

  1. For more information on "dramatis personae", see here.
  2. ref needed
  3. Life is Strange: Before the Storm with Rhianna DeVries, voice of Chloe

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